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Davao welcomed 2016 in 3rd Torotot Festival

It has been more than a decade since Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte implemented this ordinance.

Since then, the Smart-led Torotot Festival has become a way for the city to show the entire country that being safe doesn’t mean a boring New Year celebration.

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao

After World War II, the legend of the Yamashita treasure seduced many treasure hunters to Davao, particularly in Mintal, Tugbok District (now declared as the Japanese Heritage Site of the City), where hiding places for the war loots were supposedly buried deep underground within numerous foxholes and crisscrossing tunnels built by soldiers and prisoners of war.

Post Halloween Special : Revisiting Durian Hotel

Durian Hotel in its time was one of the tallest structures in Davao City at 12 storeys high. It was prominent, elegant and a prime location at the heart of the city. Low occupancy because of decreasing tourist arrivals as well as high operational expenses eventually led to its closure by Metrobank.

Davao’s Little Mermaid

  The original statue of the Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the harbor of Copenhagen in Langelinie. The small statue (only 1.25 metres high and weighs around 175 kg) is a major icon and tourist attraction in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and largest city, and was unveiled in 1913. But this exact replica can be found in Baywalk of Times Beach, Matina. It is a faithful reproduction complete with its rock by the sea near the jetty. A nearby carved sign for the tourists explains: “…it is considered a national treasure by the Danish people. You can even have your picture be taken with the Little Mermaid in the background and show to your friends telling them you were in Copenhagen last summer.”

A Taste of Davao Punch

A TASTE OF DAVAO PUNCH by Jojie Alcantara From August 11 down to August 21, Davao City has a new treat for visitors as soon as they arrive in the airport. Davao Punch, a special concoction of non-alcoholic drink with a combination of guava, calamansi and pomelo, which was created by a chef of Center for Culinary Studies Davao (CACS Davao), will be served at the airport for arriving guests. This new fruit mix was created in line with the city’s campaign published in selected national dailies which highlights the bountiful harvest of fruits and flora during the month of August, hence its celebration of Kadayawan Festival. It also showcases ten of the most vibrant tribes in the city with a tagline of Ten Tribes, One Vibe. In a full page ad, a young lass in colorful authentic tribal costume holds a drink in her hand with the caption: “FLY TO DAVAO AND WE WILL WELCOME YOU WITH A GOOD PUNCH. At the Davao International Airport, experience our welcome drink, DAVAO PUNCH, a concoction especially …

Davao’s new punch line

DAVAO’S NEW PUNCH LINE Davao City has a new treat for visitors as soon as they arrive in the airport. From August 11 down to August 21, tourists will be treated to the Davao Punch, a new concoction of non-alcoholic drink with a combination of guava, calamansi and pomelo, which was created by a chef of Center for Culinary Studies Davao (CACS Davao). This new fruit mix was created in line with the city’s campaign published in selected national dailies which highlights the bountiful harvest of fruits and flora during the month of August, hence its celebration of Kadayawan Festival. It also showcases ten of the most vibrant tribes in the city with a tagline of Ten Tribes, One Vibe. In a full page ad, a young lass in colorful authentic tribal costume holds a drink in her hand with the caption: “FLY TO DAVAO AND WE WILL WELCOME YOU WITH A GOOD PUNCH. At the Davao International Airport, experience our welcome drink, DAVAO PUNCH, a concoction especially made for the guests of Davao City.” …